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[im-plawr, -plohr] /ɪmˈplɔr, -ˈploʊr/
verb (used with object), implored, imploring.
to beg urgently or piteously, as for aid or mercy; beseech; entreat:
They implored him to go.
to beg urgently or piteously for (aid, mercy, pardon, etc.):
implore forgiveness.
verb (used without object), implored, imploring.
to make urgent or piteous supplication.
Origin of implore
1530-40; < Latin implōrāre, equivalent to im- im-1 + plōrāre to lament
Related forms
implorable, adjective
imploration, noun
[im-plawr-uh-tawr-ee, -plohr-uh-tohr-ee] /ɪmˈplɔr əˌtɔr i, -ˈploʊr əˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
implorer, noun
imploringly, adverb
imploringness, noun
unimplorable, adjective
unimplored, adjective
2. crave, beg, solicit.
2. spurn, reject. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for imploringly
Historical Examples
  • It said among other matters "Don't ask me anything" so imploringly, that I didn't ask her anything.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • And with his hand he gently and imploringly motioned to her to go.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • A look of caution, most imploringly given, was all his reply.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2) Charles James Lever
  • "Don't leave me, dear Margaret," said Lady Emily, imploringly.

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • Gallagher looked at me imploringly while Bothwell fitted the cubes.

    The Pirate of Panama William MacLeod Raine
  • He held out his arms to her imploringly, and then dropped them to his side.

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
  • "For God's sake, don't tell me any more," she said imploringly.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • "Tell the gentleman who I am," I said imploringly through the bars.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • You turn pale and glance at me imploringly, as if to solicit my silence.

  • Dale waited a few minutes, and Saxe touched him imploringly.

    The Crystal Hunters George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for imploringly


verb (transitive)
to beg or ask (someone) earnestly (to do something); plead with; beseech
to ask earnestly or piteously for; supplicate; beg: to implore someone's mercy
Derived Forms
imploration, noun
imploratory, adjective
implorer, noun
imploringly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin implōrāre, from im- + plōrāre to bewail
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Word Origin and History for imploringly



c.1500, from Middle French implorer and directly from Latin implorare "call for help, beseech," originally "invoke with weeping," from assimilated form of in- "on, upon" (see in- (2)) + plorare "to weep, cry out." Related: Implored; imploring; imploringly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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